‘The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self,’ with Dr. Carl R. Trueman

Carl Trueman makes a triumphant return to Mere Fidelity to discuss his new book, 'The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self.'

Dr. Carl Trueman has written the book of the moment for Christian intellectuals this winter: The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution. He joins the entire Mere Fidelity cast and crew in this episode to where the modern notion of the self came from (at least since Rousseau) and how it led to the victory of sexual identity politics. If you’re wondering how the sentence, “I’m a woman trapped in a man’s body” came to make intuitive sense in our culture, listen on!

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Dr. Carl Trueman
Book Giveaway for New Patreon Supporters
How did the statement “I’m a woman trapped in a man’s body” come to make intuitive sense in our culture?
Making Connections & Research Surprises
Chief Interlocutors
To what extent is the church complicit in the transformation of the self?
Christianity & Romanticism as co-belligerents; Mercersburg Theologians
Therapeuticization of the Self; We can’t go back, so what’s next?
Cultural Structures and the Notion of the Self
The Role of History in Forming Communities

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